Current Affairs, News & Facts of 03 Feb 2016

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  • Saroj Kumar Jha, IIT Kanpur alumnus appointed as Senior Director in World Bank


    Saroj Kumar Jha, IIT Kanpur alumnus appointed as Senior Director in World Bank

    Saroj Kumar Jha an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur  has been appointed the Senior Director for the Fragilit,Conflict and Violence Group at the World Bank. He has been tasked by World Bank President Jim Young Kim to provide strategic leadership to address the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the Bank Group and in close collaboration with partners. 

    Saroj Kumar Jha

    Jha joined the World Bank in 2005 as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist in the Sustainable Development Network, where he worked with the Indian Government and the United Nation's Development Program (UNDP) in the field of public sector management, infrastructure financing, natural resources management, natural disaster prevention and environmental sustainability.

    Jha has also worked as the World Bank's Global Manager for Disaster Risk Management Practice and also leaded various international response efforts to many global catastrophic disasters. He supported transformative innovations in regional cooperation, water and energy security, social safety nets, inclusive governance and grievance redress mechanisms in various regions of the world.


  • Veteran Urdu fiction writer Intizar Hussain passes away


    Veteran Urdu fiction writer Intizar Hussain passes away

    Noted Urdu fiction writer, novelist, columnist and poet Intizar Husain passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. He was 93. He was the first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer ever to be nominated for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

    He was born on December 7,1923 at Dibai in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. He had migrated to Lahore in 1947. He did his MA (Urdu) in 1946 from the Meerut College. He has worked as journalist with leading newspapers and had retired from ‘Daily Mashriq’ in 1988. 

    Books authored : Husain's books include 'Gali Koochay', 'Kankari', 'Din Aur Dastan', 'Shehr-i-afsos', 'Kachhuay', 'Khaimay Say Door', 'Khali Pinjra', 'Morenama' and 'Sheharzad Kay Naam'. 

    Awards and Honurs: He was conferred upon the ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Ambassador to Pakistan Philppe Thiebaud in September 2014. He was also the first Pakistani and the first Urdu writer ever to be nominated for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.


  • Archana Ramasundram becomes the first woman chief of a paramilitary force


    Archana Ramasundram becomes the first woman chief of a paramilitary force

    Today Indian women are taking lead in every domains of public and private machinery. At the time when whole world is talking of gender equality the Government of India has appointed Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundram (58) as the Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

    With this, Archana became the first woman police officer to lead a central police force that protects the country's international borders. She will hold the office till the date of her superannuation 30 September 2016. She is 1980-batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu Cadre anmd prior to this appointment, she was the Director of New Delhi based National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

    About Sashastra Seema Bal 

    Sashastra Seema Bal or SSB is one of India's Central Armed Police Forces.  It was formerly known as the Special Service Bureau. Although it is  referred to as a paramilitary force, but it is not one of the three officially defined paramilitary forces of India. Three forces are Assam Rifles, Special Frontier Force and Indian Coast Guard. It is currently under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

    • Established : It was set up in early 20 December 1963, following the Sino-Indian WarMotto: Service, Security and Brotherhood. 
    • Headquarters: New Delhi. 
    • Specialist jurisdictions: National border patrol, security, and integrity. 


  • RBI keeps key rates unchanged in 6th bi-monthly monetary policy review  


    RBI keeps key rates unchanged in 6th bi-monthly monetary policy review

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has maintained status quo on key interest rates in its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy review. In-depth evaluation of current and evolving macroeconomic situation in the country was made by RBI based on which the interest rates were kept unchanged. However RBI  remained committed to an accommodative stance on rates.

    Key policy rates are

    Repo rate unchanged at 6.75 per cent.

    Reverse repo rate unchanged at 5.75 per cent. 

    Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) unchanged at 4 per cent.

    Marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and Bank Rate at unchanged 7.75 per cent.

    Financial projections 

    RBI expects GDP growth of 7.6 per cent for FY17, 7.4 per cent with downward bias for FY1. It expects inflation to be around 5 per cent by March 2017. The inflation rate has evolved closely along the trajectory set by the monetary policy stance of RBI. It also shows that prospects for the rabi harvest are improving slowly.


  • K Durga Prasad appointed as DG of CRPF


    K Durga Prasad appointed as DG of CRPF

    K Durga Prasad has been appointed as the Special Director General (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Decision in this regard was taken by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will hold the office for next three years or till further orders are given. 

    Prasad, an IPS officer of 1981 batch from Andhra Pradesh cadre. Earlier, Prasad has served as the director of the Special Protection Group (SPG). SPG  is nodal agency responsible for providing security to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers and their family members.

    In another decision, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has  appointed senior IPS officer K K Sharma as new Director General of Border Security Force (BSF). Prior to this appointment he was serving as Additional Director General (ADG) of BSF.

    Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 

    CRPF is the largest Central Armed Police Forces in India. It functions under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It was established on  27 July 1939  as the Crown Representative's Police but after independence it was made statutory Central Reserve Police Force after the enactment of the CRPF Act, 1949.

    Currently CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force with 228 battalions and over three lakh personnel.The main role of CRPF is to assist States/Union Territories (UTs) in  police operations to maintain law and order and counter-insurgency.

    At present CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force with 228 battalions and over three lakh personnel. Its function primary role is to assist States/Union Territories (UTs) in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency duties. The role of CRPF in the General Elections, held repeatedly during the past few years, has been very significant and vital.


  • Japan to set up plant for US-2 amphibious aircraft in India


    Japan to set up plant for US-2 amphibious aircraft in India

    Japan's ShinMaywa Industries, the manufacturer of US-2 amphibious aircraft is  planning to set up manufacturing plant of US-2 amphibious aircraft in India under ‘Make in India’ initiative to cater to international demands. The move comes as the Indian Navy plans to procure six such aircraft, under a government to government deal, between 2017 and 2022. Six are proposed to be bought in the next phase. 

    About the deal

    The deal when inked will have a 30 per cent offset clause. Under this offset clause, ShinMaywa will set up a manufacturing plant in India to cater the global market 

    since the demand for the aircraft is high . If the deal goes through, it would be the first major export of Japanese defence item after it lifted decades-long self-imposed embargo on export of weapons and India will be it's first importer.

    US-2 amphibious aircraft  It has long-range civilian and military application.It can land on choppy waters.Indian Navy is seeking to purchase it for monitoring India's vast coastline, islands and use it for disaster relief.


  • Surajkund International Crafts Mela begin in Faridabad


    Surajkund International Crafts Mela begin in FaridabadThe 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela, has begun at Faridabad in Haryana. The Mela was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Telangana will be the theme State, this year which will showcase its unique culture and rich heritage and about 300 artistes from the state will perform different folk arts. At least 23 countries will be part of the Mela, with China and Japan being the two focus countries.

    Surajkund International Crafts Mela

    The Mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs.

    The Surajkund Crafts Mela was hosted for the first time in 1987. It showcases some of the most exquisite handlooms and handicrafts of India and culture.

     At least 23 countries are taking part in this edition of Mela and shall host performances by international folk artistes from Japan, Egypt, Congo, Maldives, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.


  • World Wetland Day celebrated  across the world


    World Wetland Day celebrated  across the world

    Every year World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February because this day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands also called as Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Each year, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have acted to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention.

    What is wetland ?

    A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such a way that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. wetlands  are vital environments for their unique plant and animal life.


  • India, Afghanistan ink pact for visa-free travel by envoys


    India, Afghanistan ink pact for visa-free travel by envoys

    India and Afghanistan have inked a pact for visa-free travel by their diplomats. The agreement was signed following meeting between fghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi during which they discussed key bilateral and regional issues including security cooperation.

    Abdullah also thanked Indian Govt. for consistent assistance from India in various spheres including defence and infrastructure development. India had given three multi-role Mi-35 helicopters to Afghanistan in December for combating terrorism in the war-torn country. The Afghan leader's visit comes nearly a month after Modi's trip to Kabul during which he inaugurated the new Afghan Parliament building, constructed with India's aid.



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